The unpopular law (Republic Act No. 11229) requiring the installation of a restraint system for child passengers in all private motor vehicles will now be enforced.
So drivers beware.
The Child Car Seat Law (or the Child Safety in Motor Vehicles Act) became effective last February 2 thus enabling authorities to apprehend those found to be violating said law.
But a Land Transportation Office (LTO) official said it would start strict implementation in “three to six months” as there are some serious issues to be ironed out.
For one, he said there are thousands of cars that are heavily tinted in violation of Republic Act 10913 or the Anti-Distracted Driving Act.
The police, he explained, should enforce this law as it will be quite difficult to see inside motor vehicles to determine if RA 11229 is being obeyed.
Then, of course, there is the cost factor which is driving thousands of motor vehicle owners, who have young kids, up the wall. Because with the announcement that the law is going to be implemented, inventories of car seats have vanished from the shelves, and if one is fortunate enough to get hold of one the price would be through the roof.
Samar Rep. Edgar Sarmiento, chairman of the House transportation committee, vowed to review the law to determine if its effects cannot be cushioned considering the pandemic crisis which has curtailed the earning capacity of millions throughout the land.
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